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Friday, 14 September 2018

Man Utd Boss Jose Mourinho Slams Critics Over Marcus Rashford, Provides Injury Update (Details)

Manchester United Coach Jose Mourinho has slammed Jurgen Klopp and Maurizio Sarri on how he makes use of Marcus Rashford in his press conference today.

Rashford scored in both England Fixtures this week playing as a centre-forward and some have advised him to leave United.

The Youngster is being Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the pecking order at Old Trafford but surprisingly no first team player has featured more under Jose Mourinho than Marcus Rashford since his appointment in 2016.

And Now Mourinho has fired back at his critics at the lack of time given to Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Dominic Solanke at Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.

“Speaking about Marcus, I think I can expect that Sunday I'm going to be highlycriticised for not playing him tomorrow, because some of the boys are really obsessed with me and some of them have a problem with some compulsive lies,” said Mourinho.

“So I can expect that Sunday some of them will wake up in the morning and the first thing they think of is Jose Mourinho, so I can imagine on Sunday I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus but it's not my fault, he's suspended, so probably you should remind them he is suspended and cannot play.

“So I'm going to do something, not for you, but the United fans, and I think I hold myself to the United fans and so for them I am going to spend two mins with you.

“In 2016-17, Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches, including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches, including the final, and the Community Shield.

“He had 53 appearances, but if you want to take to the minutes of play, he played 3,068, and if you wan to divide that by 90-minute matches, he played 34.2 matches of 90-minute matches in 2016-17.

“In 2017-18, he played 35 Premier League matches, eight in the Champions League, five in the FA Cup, three League Cup matches and the European Super Cup final.

“He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 mins, and if you divide that by 90, it gives you 29.7 matches, so with me, in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5,774 mins, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals, so the people speaking about these minutes, I think they are a bit confused.

“Marcus is not Dominic Solanke, not Ruben Loftus-Cheek, not Dominic Calvert-Lewin, he's Marcus Rashford, a Manchester United player, with an incredible number of appearances and an incredible number of minutes played at the highest level in the best possible competitions.

“So Manchester United supporters, for you and just for you, to know what we are doing with Marcus, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Scott McTominay, that's what we are doing here.”

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Jose Mourinho has also provided an injury update on Luke Shaw, Mauroane Fellani and other players.

And the Portuguese has admitted he does not know maybe Shaw would be able to start against Watford.

"I don’t know - we still have a training session," he said.

"Contrary to some news, to some opinions, by the protocol point of view and according to our doctor, he will be free to play.

“The only situation we have to analyse is if you are going to play him when, during the week, he was not training with the team or if, even so, he decides to play.”

“Fellaini is a doubt," he added.

"Ander Herrera is out. He had one little problem in one medical in training during the week, so he is also a doubt.

“Diogo Dalot and Rojo play tonight with under-23s and if they play 90 mins like we expect, it will be the end of their recovery process and we will consider them ready to be back next week for full competition.”

The Red Devils defeated Watford home and away last season but can they do it again?

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